How to Make a Fabric Pleated Circle

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How to Make a Fabric Pleated Circle
Fabric comes in a variety of colours to work with for fabric-pleated circles. (pink fabric image by Melissa Schalke from

A pleated fabric circle is often used to create badges and ribbons as well as other craft items. Fabric is a desired material when compared to paper because it allows more flexibility, water resistance, and a much stronger workable surface. Pleating fabric can be extremely difficult because most fabrics will not hold a pleat without reinforcement. But with minimal sewing skills, you can create a fabric pleated circle in a short amount of time that addresses this challenge.

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Things you need

  • 1 and 1/2 inch fabric circle
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Cut a section of thread that measures around 30 inches. Fold the yarn in half and double thread the needle. Tie a knot at the end of the thread.

  2. 2

    Sew around the edge of the circle using the thread and needle. Stitch from front to back of the circle. End the stitching at the starting point and tie.

  3. 3

    Pull the end stitch tight to crinkle up the fabric.

  4. 4

    Flatten the circle with the stitches facing upward. Press out the fabric to created a pleated surface.

  5. 5

    Sew down through the centre of the circle, pulling tight on the ends. Tie the end knot and cut thread when finished.

  6. 6

    Press fabric flat on a surface with the thread side facing upward.

Tips and warnings

  • Place a sticker, button, or another piece of fabric in the centre for a more decorative look.

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